The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Geography K-10 Syllabus page contains useful information to assist with programming K-6 geography, including a guide to the syllabus, sample scope and sequences and sample units.

Geographical inquiry process

Use the inquiry process (DOCX 101KB) to support programming in geography.

Geography K-6 teaching and learning frameworks

The following Early Stage 1 to Stage 3 teaching and learning frameworks cover topics from the Geography K-10 Syllabus.

Teachers may adapt these frameworks to suit the needs of individual students and their local school context.

Stage Syllabus focus Syllabus content Teaching framework
ES1 People live in places

Important places
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander places
Locating places

My school grounds (DOCX 79KB)
S1 Features of places Features of places
How places are organised
Local places and spaces (DOCX 89KB)
S1 Features of places Weather and seasons Weather (DOCX 47KB)
S1 People and places Australian places
Australia's location
People's connection to places
Australian places (DOCX 62KB)
S1 People and places Local and global connections Around the world (DOC 87KB)
Aboriginal connections (DOC 85KB)
S2 Places are similar and different The Australian continent Features of Australia (DOC 101KB)
S2 Places are similar and different Climate of places
Similarities and differences between places
Perception and protection of places
Features of Australia (DOC 101KB)
Australia's neighbours (DOC 53KB)
S2 Places are similar and different Australia's neighbours Australia's neighbours (DOCX 53KB)
S2 The earth's environment Different environments
Significance of environments
Natural environments (DOCX 59KB)
S2 The earth's environment Perception of environments
Protection of environments
National park case study (DOC 106KB)
S3 Factors that shape places Factors that shape environments
Humans shape places
Contemporary land use issue (DOCX 49KB)
S3 Factors that shape places Environments shape places Why live where? (DOC 94KB)
S3 Factors that shape places Bushfire hazard Bushfire mitigation (DOC 166KB)
S3 A diverse and connected world Diversity across Asia
The world?s cultural diversity
Engaging with Asia (DOC 105KB)
S3 A diverse and connected world Connections shape perceptions
Global connections
Connections and perceptions (DOCX 51KB)

To view the continuum of learning in Geography K-10, the K-10 geography teaching framework for Stages 4-5 can be found on the Stages 4-5 Geography programming page.

Geography programming for small schools

Geography organisation ideas for small schools K-6 (DOCX 59.8KB) support for small school planning and programming for geography using a conceptual approach.

Eight organisational ideas have been identified which align with much of the Geography K-10 Syllabus. They are:

  • Local places
  • Global connections
  • Important environments
  • Features/characteristics of places
  • Distribution of features/places
  • Environmental perspectives and significance
  • Environmental management
  • Life in different places.
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